Aikido Kokikai NYC
250 West 26th Street, 4th floor
Mondays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Prospective students are welcome to watch, or participate in a free introductory class.
Please note there will be no classes held on Saturday, May 18th or Sunday, May 19th, 2013. Regular classes will resume starting Monday, May 20th, 2013.
Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that teaches coordination of mind and body to develop calmness in action and the strongest human condition. It is a highly effective system of self-defense that does not depend on muscular strength. Aikido techniques can be effective without harming the attacker, making practice comfortable and ethical self-defense an ideal. Aikido was created in Japan in the early twentieth century by O-sensei Morehei Ueshiba, who is regarded as one of the great martial artists of modern times.
Aikido Kokikai was founded by Sensei Shuji Maruyama, an “uchideshi” (student who lived in the dojo) of O-sensei. Sensei Maruyama was one of the first Aikido instructors sent from Japan to America, coming to the United States in 1966. There are now over fifty Kokikai dojos throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Russia and Japan.Aikido Kokikai NYC was founded by Gary Snyder, a sixth degree black belt who has practiced martial arts for more than 30 years. Snyder was the instructor of the Princeton University Aikido Club from 1986 to 1991, and has been the chief instructor of the Columbia University Aikido Club from 1992 through the present. In 2005 Snyder opened East Village Kokikai Aikido, which then moved to the new Aikido Kokikai NYC location in Chelsea in 2007.
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